VC Panel: Where They Invest and Why

Business of Making

Wednesday, September 17, 4:30 pm to 5:10 pm in Auditorium

Eric Klein of Lemnos Labs leads a panel of VC hardware investors to discuss emerging trends and patterns of successful start-ups.


Will Porteous

General Partner & COO, RRE
Will Porteous is a General Partner and the firm's Chief Operating Officer. Will focuses on early and expansion stage investments across RRE’s multiple technology verticals, with a concentration on enterprise systems, digital media and mobile technology. Before joining the venture capital industry, Mr. Porteous held senior management positions in marketing and product management with SupplyWorks and NetMarket, the e-commerce pioneer now owned by Cendant Corp. Mr. Porteous is a Director of Buzzfeed, Connected Data, Crossboard Mobile, and Spire. He is a former Director of Whiptail Technologies (acquired by CSCO), Frictionless Commerce (acquired by SAP), Skyhook Wireless (Acquired by Liberty Media), Tacit Networks (acquired by PKTR), and Xobni (Acquired by Yahoo!). He also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia Business School and as Chairman of the Dockery Farms Foundation which he founded. Mr. Porteous holds an MBA from Harvard University, an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA with Honors from Stanford University where he served as Captain of the Varsity Crew.


Zack Schildhorn

Partner, Lux Capital
Zack is a Partner with Lux Capital, based in the Firm's New York headquarters. Zack has been working with Lux since 2006, focusing on marketing, operations, and investments at the intersection of the digital and physical worlds. Zack led Lux's investments in Shapeways and Sols Systems and helped source the firm's investment in Matterport. He has also worked extensively with a number of Lux portfolio companies including Transphorm, Kurion, and Siluria. Before joining Lux, Zack worked as an expedition photographer on the Colorado Plateau. He created his own curriculum at Cornell University to study materials science and business entrepreneurship, graduating in 5 years with a B.S. in engineering and an MBA. Zack is a regular contributing editor for Forbes and has been an invited speaker and guest lecturer at Cornell University, Drexel University, NYU, and the University of Pennsylvania.